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Typed and Signed Letter - Undset, Sigrid - 1940. 
- Lillehammer, dated "January 13, 1940". One sheet, typed on the author's stationery. 22,5x19,5 cm. 13 lines. Folded twice. With four punched holes in the inner and lower margins. Signed by Undset. The letter is an answer to an inquiry from Swedish librarian Folke Dahl (1905-1970), organiser of the Pro Finlandia charity auction of books and manuscripts for the aid of Finland during WWII. Undset has been asked to support the cause by donating one or more of her books to the auction. She answers that she would be happy to donate one of her manuscripts instead, and that she has already submitted a manuscript to a similar auction in Oslo. The auction was held in Stockholm in 1940, Undset?s manuscript of the novel Madame Dorthea was sold for 185 Swedish Kronor to Erik Kempe. Madame Dorthea, Undset?s last novel to be published during her lifetime, was intended as the first volume in a series of historical novels set in late 18th century Norway, but she was never able to continue the project. In April 1940, when German troops invaded Norway, she fled first to Sweden, then to the USA, where she pleaded for assistance to Norway through lectures and pamphlets. She did also sell her Nobel Prize medal in order to contribute to Finland?s cause (while Hamsun gave his medal for free to Goebbels in 1943). The manuscript of Madame Dorthea was added to the collections of the Norwegian National Library in 2013. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Patrik Andersson, Antikvariat.]
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